The programme will be updated on an ongoing basis (till February 25th).

Current guests:

Camille Ben: Alouen Algeria founding director,  'El Shad’ queer magazine founder and editor-in-chief,  Egides Algeria co-chair (Algeria)

Aïcha Del-lero: Gender, diversity and inclusion specialist (Morocco)

Oumaima Dermoumi:  Artivist and gender sociologist (Morocco/France)

Ayouba El Hamri: trans-nonbinary activist (Morocco)

Jarrod Hayes: Professor, Monash University (Australia)

Rania Laabid: Journalist (Morocco)

Ghizlane Mamouni: Lawyer and founding member of Morrocan Outlaws (Morocco)

Abdellah Taïa: Writer, film director (Morocco/France)

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed: Imam (Algeria/France)

Amina Zoubir:  Visual artist, videomaker  (Algeria/France)

***Programme and timetable at the bottom of the page***

Roundtable 2

Non-Binary Identities 

Camille BEN

 Saturday 5th March 2022  / 15:30 – 16:30 

Camille BEN (They) was born and raised in Algeria. After graduating from high school in Algeria, Camille studied statistics at a leading school in France and at the Technical University of Denmark. In parallel to their student life, Camille founded the association Alouen Algeria in 2011, which works on queer issues by contextualizing the problems in Algerian society through several projects that can be consulted on the internet, but also by helping those who need it most. Camille was the founder and editor-in-chief of the first Algerian queer magazine—El Shad’—whose first issue focused on transgender issues in Algeria in 2014.  They are also a theatre graduate from the Manufacture de l’acteur in Paris and a winner of the best company award at the European Festival of Albi.

Camille is currently co-chair of Egides, an international LGBTIQ+ organization working in over 35 in French-speaking countries.

Roundtable 1

Queered Women

Aïcha Del-lero 

Saturday 5th March 2022  / 11:30 – 12:30 

Aïcha Del-lero is specialized in gender and economic integration. She has worked on different aspects of the topic, starting from developping gender sensitive value chains, to supporting public institutions in the integration of gender-sensitive measures and budgetting, to piloting activities within schools and universities to promote gender equality, in addition to working with CSOs on planning and implementing gender equality projects.

Aïcha is also an expert on gender diversity management in the private sector. She accompanied companies at the national level in the bettering of their HR processes to promote the recruitment, retention, and professional advancement of women within the companies. She has also provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Employment in the organisation of the Gender Equality Trophee, awarding companies that have been able to put in place gender-friendly HR processes.

Roundtable 2

Non-Binary Identities 


Saturday 5th March 2022 / 15:30 – 16:30 

Oumaima Dermoumi is a non-binary artivist, co-initiator of the Nassawiyat group in Morocco, a women and queer collectif.  Interested in queerness, immigration and photography, they realized their first exhibition of photographs entitled "Abandoned Queers in Lebanon" in Tunis and Paris in 2019. They published their photos in the magazine Assiégés and Afghan Punk magazine in 2020. In 2020, they exhibited in Berlin "Healing, a queer story". The same series was also exhibited at hands d'oeuvres Saint-Ouen during the event Comme nous brulons in 2021. Their art deals with gender, bodies, spirituality and healing. Healing the wounds of love, politics and society. They did their theses on masculinities and continue their research on masculinities in socially unmixed spaces. They grew up in Morocco and has lived in France since 2014. 

Roundtable 2

Non-Binary Identities 


Saturday 5th March 2022  / 15:30 – 16:30 

Ayouba El Hamri is trans-nonbinary activist based in Morocco. They have been working on trans organizing regionally with trans organisations notably Transat which is the first led-trans regional group to work on trans advocacy in the SWANA region. They are also part of the board of the African Trans Network.

They are also co-founder and co-ordinator at Nassawiyat, a led-women and gender non-conforming organisation in Morocco.


Keynote Address

 "25 Years of Queer Maghrebian Studies" 

Jarrod HAYES

Saturday 5th March 2022  / 10:00 – 11:00 

Before becoming Professor of French Studies at Monash University in 2018, Jarrod Hayes taught for 22 years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Queer Nations: Marginal Sexualities in the Maghreb (Chicago, 2000) and Queer Roots for the Diaspora: Ghosts in the Family Tree (Michigan, 2016). With Margaret R. Higonnet and William J. Spurlin, he co-edited Comparatively Queer: Interrogating Identities across Time and Cultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He is currently working on a project tentatively titled Reading across the Colour Line: Racialisation in the French Americas.

Roundtable 1

Queered Women


Saturday 5th March 2022  / 11:30 – 12:30 

In 2017 Rania Laabid hosted the first web-show dedicated to sexuality in the Arab world "Sex’pertise".The programme dealt with sexuality in Morocco, a subject that remains taboo in the MENA region. The host presented an educational look on different sexuality-related aspects using vox pops, academic and religious interviews so as to raise awareness about the subject.

Roundtable 1

Queered Women

Ghizlane Mamouni

Saturday 5th March 2022 / 11:30 – 12:30 

Ghizlane Mamouni is a lawyer, registered at the Paris bar and based in Casablanca since 2012. She graduated from the Sorbonne and founded, in 2015, Capstone Law Firm which specialises in banking and finance law.

Ghizlane is a feminist and an active member of Collectif 490 where she fights for repealing all the liberticidal provisions of the Moroccan penal code: premarital sex, homosexuality, adultery and for legalising abortion under the conditions set by WHO.

She believes that it is an absolute necessity to change the law in Morocco so that Moroccan women stop being persecuted, judged and sentenced to jail for being themselves victims of sexual violence or just for having decided to control their own bodies. To that purpose, with Collectif 490, she uses all the legal tools possible under Morocco’s 2011 constitution to hold high the right to protection of privacy and to individual freedoms for Moroccan women. 


Literary Interview

Abdellah TAÏA

Friday 4th March  / 17:00 – 18:00 

Abdellah Taïa was born in Morocco, in 1973. He is the first Arab writer/filmmaker to publicly declare his homosexuality. He is the author of nine novels written in French (published in France by Editions du Seuil), including "Salvation Army" (2006), "An Arab Melancholia" (2008), both translated into English by Semiotext(e), and "Infidels" (2012) published in English by Seven Stories Press. His novel “Le jour du Roi" was awarded the French Prix de Flore in 2010. "Salvation Army", his first movie as a director, is adapted from his eponymous novel. The film was selected for the Venice Film Festival 2013, TIFF 2013, New Directors 2014 and won many international prizes. His novel "A country for dying", translated into English by Seven Stories Press, was published in the USA in 2020 and won the Pen America Literary Awards 2021.



Dr Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed 

Saturday 5th March 2022 / 17 :00 – 18:00 

Dr Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is Algerian born and lives in France. He is gay, an anthropologist, imam and performs same-sex muslim marriages.  Imam Zahed created in 2010 Homosexuel(le)s musulman(e)s de France (2010) the first Muslim LGBT civil society of the kind in the country. Author of Le Coran et la Chair (Max Milo, 2012), Imam Zahed opened the first gay-friendly Mosque in La Goutte d’Or, Paris. Imam Zahed now runs CALEM, an organisation which is regularly consulted by governments and foundations, in Europe or around the world, mainly on sociological and geopolitical issues, concerning especially the status of refugees, women rights, and inclusive trainings of progressive imams. 

Visual @ Alexandre Vella 


Curated Walk


 Saturday 5th March 2022 / 14:00 – 15:00 


Amina Zoubir is an Algerian visual artist and videomaker who works on the notion of the body and its interactions in public spaces to question and analyse social and historical thoughts in North Africa. Through her installations and performances, she makes reference to the behavioral transfer of the individuals' unconscious when they evolve in predetermined spaces by socio-political norms and cultural codifications, while her intention seeks to create a distortion in order to thwart the established order. Through her poetic artistry to view the human/animal/object body, she pushes us to reflect on the established rules of our contemporary society. Her artworks bring constructive looks and push forward the evolution of contemporary society, in particular Algerian society.

Visual @ Jean-Baptiste Engblad Béranger 

Friday 4th March  2022 

16:30 – 17:00              Welcome

17:00 – 18:00              Literary Interview: Abdellah Tahia*
Chair: Jean-Philippe Imbert, DCU , Ireland 

18:00  – 18:30             Farewell

*Please note that the interview will coincide with the day that Abedllah Tahia's latest book Vivre à ta Lumière (Paris, Seuil, 2022) will be distributed to French bookstores.



 Saturday 5th March 2022  

9:30 – 10:00                Welcome

10:00 – 11:00              Keynote Address: Prof. Jarrod Hayes

                                       Chair: Dr Paola Rivetti, DCU , Ireland

11:00 – 11:30              Break

11:30 – 12:30              Roundtable: Queered Women
Chair: Dr Rita Sakr, Maynooth University, Ireland 

12:30 – 14:00              Lunch 2      

14:00 – 15:00              Curated Walk: Amina Zoubir
Chair: Reem Lebbar, DCU , Ireland 

15:00 – 15:30              Break

15:30 – 16:30              Roundtable: Non-Binary Identities
 Chair: David Carroll, DCU , Ireland 

16:30 – 17:00              Break 6

17:00 – 18:00              Conversation: Imam L.-M  Zahed
   Chair: Eric Hughes, Chaplain, DCU , Ireland 

 18:00 – 18:30              Farewell